Love. Salvation. Truth. Guidance. Life.

These five words all come to mind when millions of people hear the name “Farrakhan.”

On May 11th, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan turned 87 – adding another year to more than six decades of service to humanity. His example of courage, fearlessness, humility and compassion is one that has inspired a number of generations. His message of freedom, justice and equality has reached into the furthest corners of the world – impacting people from all walks of life. 

We put out a survey on social media to hear directly from those who have been touched by his message. Below are the dozens of responses we received, just a reflection of the millions who benefit from his message. 

Love

One of the attributes most admired about the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is his unconditional love for his people. His heart is one that is sensitive to the suffering of Black, Brown and original people of the earth. 

Even though some Blacks have attacked and denounced him, he never once cursed them. For decades, he has taught the Black man and woman their value in the sight of God. It is the force of love that has propelled him to work for all of these years.

Carlton Muhammad: 23; Oakland, CA

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

I was 17 years old and my best friend who I played high school basketball with, his dad was the minister and he invited my high school team to a webcast meeting

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has impacted me in many ways, but most importantly by making me a better overall person helping me to realize that I do have a purpose, teaching me to love self, he has taught me to respect and protect the black woman, and through his writings, lectures, and interviews, he has helped me become a striving man of God. Many men introduce men to many things, but not many introduce others to God.

Nzinga Muhammad: 20; Rochester, NY

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

I was born in the nation so the Minister has always been part of my life, even in the womb.

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has impacted me by teaching me about myself as a Black woman. He makes sure that we understand our power as scholars, leaders, and gods as women. He has also helped me see the importance of having a personal relationship with Allah. To see his connection with Him is admirable beautiful. His love is pure and godly.

David Curry: 54; Dayton, OH

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

1995

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

He showed me that GOD really loved us.

Phillip Muhammad: 71; West Palm Beach, FL

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

I first heard THMLF speak in August 1978 in West Palm Beach @ Afro Arts Festival.

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

For me, he has demonstrated real manhood love and humility.

Carol E. (Barnes) Muhammad: 63; Miami, FL

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

October, 1985 The Lecture ‘POWER AT LAST AND FOREVER, Madison Square Garden, Tape

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

The Minister’s love and sacrifice of himself for Black People is real. He told me who the Black God is, Who is the Real Black Jesus, The Christ, and Who the Messiah is: Master Fard Muhammad, The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and The Honorable Minister Farrakhan. In my lifetime, I’ve seen the Christ and now I see the Messiah. APIDTA [all praise is due to Allah], Happy Birthday to Our Messiah, who’s showing us how to live a righteous Muslim life! The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. May Allah Bless You To See Many More.

Salvation

Salvation is defined as “preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss.” The Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, as articulated by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, has offered true salvation to those who listen and follow. The Minister has helped thousands of people leave behind a life of crime and addiction. Those very same people are now helping others to overcome the same vices they struggled with. All in all, the Minister is a savior producing other saviors.

Ayinde Muhammad: 22; Rochester, NY

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

Since I was in the womb (my mother fed on ‘How To Give Birth To A God’ series)

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

He is the sole reason I’m alive. The Teachings of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad as taught by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan saved my parents, and I was born a year after they received their Muhammad. I know nothing else other than him. In a sense, he’s embedded in my DNA.

Faheem Arbyummi Muhammad: 74; Naples , FL

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

1967 at Mosque 7 in NYC

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

He saved this fool’s life !! HE SAVED ME !!

Michael Muhammad: 60, Suisun City, CA

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

1994

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

He changed my thinking which propelled me into a way of thinking that has brought me success and power that I had never experience prior to meeting him and trying to follow his example. The Best Decision I Made In My Life Was To Accept His As A Way To Live My Life !!! LONG LIVE FARRAKHAN MUHAMMAD !!! ALLAHUAKBAR !

Lee Otway: 74; Lithonia, GA

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

Lived in Harlem; met him in 1974

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

Changed my life, changed, improved my morality, my perspective on life and God

Benjamin Muhammad: 63; Chicago, IL

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

1995 million man march on cspan, some tv station

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

Total Change and confirmation of what was inside of me and the struggle I was going through

Hamzah Muhammad: 51; Jonesboro, GA

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

Through the iconic revolutionary Hip-Hop group, “Public Enemy’s” songs & by reading a book entitled “From Niggas To Gods” by Akil.

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

I was on the road to alcoholism, drug abuse, & jail, which was escapism. I was looking for a place to “fit in” & be accepted & noticed, a cover for my inferiority complex. The words of the Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan gave me self worth & confidence.

Truth

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has been called a bigot, a racist, a homophobe and more. His enemies will spew out baseless attacks such as these, but they will never call him a liar. That is because he speaks the truth, which makes up a large part of his character. He has a team of researchers who verify facts, scholars who look deep into history, but above all of this, he has divine revelation from God Himself. 

Ayanna Asante: 43, Boca Raton, FL

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

13 years old in Chicago, Larry Hoover had us listening

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

In 2018 I started dating a man who has been raised by MLF. That man taught me the truths and he honored, loved and respected me. To me, that’s a reflection of the Minister. I’m an IFA Yorubw priestess. So I’m not in NOI but I support NOI

Tommy Black: 50; San Diego, CA

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

1990

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

He has helped me to understand the meaning of my life and how to properly approach living: How to seek and live for Truth in all things.

Beverly Muhammad: 59; Accepted in Dallas, Tx. Now reside in Memphis Area

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

My first lecture was a tape from a friend along with the Final Call. First live encounter was 1990.

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

My life is totally changed once I heard and accepted these teachings. Through study and prayer I have been set free from the falsehoods this world offers. APDTA for the Honorable Min. Louis Farrakhan and the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. May Allah bless and keep us all safe And well in the weeks and months ahead.

Anonymous: 72; Charlotte, NC

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

Approximately 2008

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

He has enabled me to understand the truth of religion.

Guidance

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has been teaching and guiding throughout his time in the Nation of Islam, from being the minister of several mosques and study groups to now being the National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He has remained faithful to the Teachings, and because of his sacrifice, faith and conviction, he has helped guide people all over the world. His words and guidance have become ingrained into the hearts of the people.

Kareem D. Muhammad: 27; Miami, FL

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

As a baby at a Saviours’ Day, plus when my dad played his cassette tapes of him.

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

Whew, this is a LOADED question. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is still impactful to me today; he hasn’t stopped impacting me. As for how, he taught me about what it means to be a real man, from how to take care of a woman, to why we should all strive to do for self. He also ingrained within me to always go to Allah (God); whether you’re happy, sad, angry, or in need of proper guidance. He showed me that a relationship with God is important and will set the tone for the rest of your life, and as long as you go to him, he will be there for you as he was there for him. I could go on, but there are so many ways that he’s had an effect on me, and it’s why I love that man today.

Lahrul Hayden: 24; San Francisco, CA

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

Feb, at the Million Family March

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

By showing me what it takes to be a leader for our people and the sacrifice that comes with it.

Zakiyyah Muhammad: 24; Macon, GA

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

I was born into the Nation, so I don’t really have a specific time where I remember first hearing the Minister. He’s just always been a part of my life.

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

While there are many things you can admire the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for, two things that I really admire are his character and his conviction and faith in the teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad given to him by Allah (God) who came in the person of Master Fard Muhammad. His character is one of humility, honesty, grace, and courageous. Even when he is exalted by the masses with high praise, he always give thanks and honor back to Allah and his teacher, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He never forgets the people who helped him get this far in his mission of the resurrection of the black man and woman. Because of this, I always remember to first give honor and praise to Allah for all my accomplishments in life. Furthermore, it also reminds me to thank and honor those who have assisted me in getting to certain points of my life. In addition to his character, his conviction and faith in the teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad is aspiring because he has never, not once, backed down against his enemies and the ignorant of human society who speak vile against him and the teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He doesn’t bat an eye and continues his work and mission. Not only does his conviction and faith inspire me to continue to grow my own conviction and faith in the teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, his conviction and faith also shows me that I have this same mindset in anything I do and wish to accomplish. I have to have conviction in my own abilities that I will accomplish whatever goal I want and faith in Allah that it will come to be if it is His will. So I thank the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for shining his light so his light could assist in the shining of my very own. Happy Birthday Brother Minister. Lots of love.

Sakinah Muhammad: 20; Macon, GA

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

Oh, I’ve been hearing and listening to Minister Farrakhan ever since I was born.

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

He’s impacted me a lot, especially when you’re in times when you don’t know what to do or how to feel. He always had words and guidance available for you no matter how far back or how recent they are. He says everything with firm gentleness that I admire, and he always makes me smile.

Bernadette: 66; Flint, MI

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

2003. A friend gave me VHS tape titled “What is Islam?”

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

Wow!!! Guided me out of 40+ years of self degradation.

Timothy X Daniels: 59; Dallas, TX

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

First time, actually in the 70’s teaching the truth on the radio out of Los Angeles, Ca., on Sunday mornings, and next after being invited to the Dallas Texas mosque where I was registered at.

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

Actually, throughout my life, from is lectures, his ministering, and teachings of proper eatings, instructions to internal knowledge of self from reading all five books; Fall of America, Message to the Blackman, Our Savior Has Arrived, How to Eat to Live books one and two, Closing the Gap and The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews. No one has ever impacted me like the Minister with his uncompromising fear, his love and standing his ground on truth for over 50 years representing still the Honorable Minister Elijah Muhammed. My experiences while serving four years honorably in the US Marines prior to becoming registered as a Muslim has now allow me to apply my talents, knowledge and energy as a FOI surrendering my life to God Allah in the Nation of Islam.

Life

The Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam have three primary elements: life, light and power. It is only natural for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to shine his light, to live by example and to radiate with divine power from Allah (God). His words have given life to the mentally dead and have been the water to dry soil. He saves, guides and imparts life simply by the way he lives.

Sabbath Muhammad: 21; Columbus, GA

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

From/since birth

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

He has given (me personally) an avenue to shine a light that I would not have recognized if it were not for him. One that is pure, unique, unafraid, and so much more. He is the pathway for true life, and life at upmost abundance.

Bro. Derrick 3X: 49; Queens, NY

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

It was around February 1990 at York College in Queens, NY. A video of the Minister’s Press Conference from October 1989 was being played.

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

Wow. I’m trying to think of adequate words to describe the impact of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on my life. The best way to say it in few words is that I am alive because I heard Minister Farrakhan.

Kendra X (Simmons): 46; Chicago, IL

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

It’s like, I mostly knew of him and heard of him in college around the time of the Million Man March. But I didn’t really get to know him until I came into the Nation Of Islam, which was shortly after I’d graduated from college.

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

I’ve literally watched him be a living example of how to live my life. Listening to his lectures, his messages and the teachings of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad have shaped me into the woman I am today. I am grateful to Almighty God ALLAH for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan because I’m still learning. And the best part is that I get to live my life in the midst of my children and my family under the influence of ALLAH and the teachings of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad given to us by the Most Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Vernon Muhammad: 56; Atlantic City, NJ

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

Myself and Student Min. Robert Muhammad of Wilmington DE, as teenagers, were self-medicating with marijuana. He put on a tape he got from someone. It was The Hon. Min Louis Farrakhan. After that day at 29 years of age we were never the same. Allah U Akber !

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

The Minister has saved my life, as he is coming up on his 87th birthday. If it were not for him, I wouldn’t be approaching my 57th one. He by Allah’s Grace & Mercy has given me life, not a life with health problems but a life that is vibrant, exciting full of happiness, even in these times with widespread death on the horizon. I thank Allah and The Exalted Christ for The Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan, Mother Khadijah Farrakhan and the Farrakhan & Muhammad families !!!

Maryam Muhammad: 66; Flint, MI

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

I started listening to the Minister in the early eighties. While a student at Howard University, my sister was introduced to the teachings, and she introduced me.

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

When l heard the teachings, it felt so right. I knew I was a Muslim.

Shannon X Steele: 45; Decatur, AL

How and when did you first hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

1995

How has the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan impacted you?

Asa. I can go on and on about H.M.L.F. However, I will be brief. He has and is helping me be a better man and servant. He is my father figure. Someone I look up to. A man that has and is still giving his life for us that we may have life. In closing, he has helped me grow to understand my purpose in life.Thank you H.M.L.F.

#WeAreFarrakhan

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has been a light for the world. His words have an instantaneous impact on whoever hears them, whether that person heard him via a tape or was born in the Nation of Islam. He loves. He saves. He guides. He is truth. He is Farrakhan.

He has so ingrained himself into the hearts and souls of people all over that when he was banned on Facebook and Instagram and blocked from tweeting on Twitter, the hashtag #WeAreFarrakhan went viral and still continues to be used today. He is not just one person anymore, but we are all Farrakhan.

We at Joshua’s Truth would not exist without the influence of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. We thank everyone who sent responses on how the Minister impacted their lives, and we pray that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan have a blessed birth anniversary! 

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